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8/22/12 11:28 P

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I don't like the idea of taking Melatonin every night, so I only use it if I can't sleep. Once in a blue moon it is ineffective, but nine times out of ten, I'll lie there telling myself "It isn't working, it isn't working, it isn't ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ emoticon I can't tell you how many times my last waking thought was that it wasn't going to work.

It nearly always does.

When I take it, I sleep hard and heavy and yeah, often have very intense dreams. And wake up feeling like I've been run over by a truck.

More recently, I've learned if I bring my body temperature down a little before bedtime with a cool shower or ice packs, I usually sleep well. This sounds counter intuitive but seems to work. Maybe it turns away the hot flashes that sometimes are the source of my insomnia. Maybe it's something else. I don't know but it's another item in my bag of tricks.

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8/16/12 8:33 P

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Melatonin knocks me out pretty quick. My problem is almost every time I take it I get very bizarre and vivid dreams, so it doesn't feel like I slept. I also remember the dreams really clearly. It feels like my body rested and my brain was wired all night. Because of this I only take it when I absolutely have to go to sleep (because I have to work early or something like that).

Does this happen to anyone else?

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Synthetic melatonin may cause queasiness, specifically when you start using the supplement, Drugs.com indicates. Categorized as a non-serious side effect of melatonin, nausea still can cause you discomfort. Nausea should cease as a side effect upon your bodily adjustment to melatonin, but Drugs.com suggests questioning your physician about it.

www.livestrong.com/article/390516-si
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1/27/12 7:05 P

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I apologize I haven't read through the entire set of posting under this topic before posting this and so hope it isn't a repeat to someone else's thoughts about Melatonin.

I have been experimenting with taking Melatonin now for about 2 weeks. I take it about 30 minutes before I intend to get into bed. However I find that by about midnight to 1am, I am very nauseated. I have read and reread the literature about Melatonin and haven't really seen a great deal about a feeling of sickness when taking it, but it only happens on the nights I have.

Perhaps a heads up to anyone else who has a sensitive system?

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1/3/12 1:30 A

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Thanks so much for the link. I had no idea that melatonin could raise blood sugar levels. Since I have diabetes I need to look into this further because I've been taking it for about 3 years now. Guess it's time to call the Doctor about it.

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12/9/11 3:17 P

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Buddy...~ Does your TV have a sleep timer on it? I have mine set to go off at a certain time, no matter if I'm up or asleep. Sometimes, I try to watch TV to help me get to sleep and fall asleep while the story is on. This way instead of the TV playing all night, it goes off on it's on.

My problem is not falling asleep, it is staying asleep. Due to pains in my legs, I wake every 30 - 45 min and have to turn over from side to side.If I lay on my right side..my right leg will go numb and my left will get sharp pains shooting up through it, and visa versa. This will go on ALL night. The only way I found that I can get a couple of hours of steady sleep is to SIT UP in bed and sleep...which is killing my back and neck! Tried meds..but it doesn't help.

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12/9/11 7:23 A

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I liked all your comments on Melatonin. I take it occasionally to help sleep. If I don't take it immediately when I go to bed I can't take it as I will feel too groggy in the morning when I have to get up for work.
My biggest problem is having the TV on all night. I used to use it to fall asleep and now it keeps me awake. It is a very hard habit to break.
If I am very tired during the day and if I take a nap I definitely will toss and turn all night.
I have come to the conclusion that I need exercise during the day and no TV at night.

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12/9/11 3:58 A

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I can't sleep AT ALL before 3 am without Melatonin. It doesn't knock me out, but it usually allows me to fall asleep if I'm trying to sleep. I've tried other sleep aids and they always cause me to hallucinate the next day emoticon

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12/6/11 12:06 P

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Melatonin is a naturally occuring drug , in the body,, I dont see that it interacts with many if any prescription drugs. The reason grapefruit interacts with some meds is the high acid content in them ( grapefruit that is ) I don't think cherries would interfere with prescriptions unless you have an allergy to them and then i really don't think they would affect the prescription drugs any.

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12/5/11 5:32 P

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I was just watching the Dr. Oz show and the subject of not sleeping..especially after the time change came up.
He suggested using Melatonin (1mg.) taken 2 to 3 hours before bed time.
He also said that eating DRIED DARK CHERRIES...a big handful, right after dinner will also release Melatonin and help to sleep.
I see where there is a problem of drug interactions on here. He said nothing about that.... but maybe go on the net and see if your meds allow you to have Dark Cherries and try it that way.
I know grapefruit interacts with a lot of meds.....so see if the cherries will also.
Sorry , that's all the help I have for now.

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7/21/11 9:50 A

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Melatonin has not worked for me because it interacts w/ either my zoloft or thryoid med, can't remember. But I know melatonin made me feel wired, not sleepy.

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7/19/11 12:14 P

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THANK GOODNESS for melatonin! I take 3mg work nights, between that and 500mg of magnesium, I've been a dedicated employee! And I've got great sleep. I wake up 7 hours after I fall asleep.

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I was prescribed Ambien for insomnia but it gave me diarrhea so I quit taking it. However, I never had the wierd side effects.

My sleep issue is staying asleep, and going back to sleep when I awake during the night like to use the bathroom. I'm good for about 4 to 5 hours then sometime can't sleep again at all, or else it takes a couple hours to go back to sleep.

Since working with my latest doctor on changing some medications, I found that 5 HTP (200mg) at night plus melatonin (50mg) helps. He says the melatonin is short term active so I take the sublingual type under my tongue when I wake up and it helps me go back to sleep sooner. I also will drink some hot tea when I awake if I can't get right back to sleep. I'll wait about 15 or 20 minutes and if I'm getting restless, just get up and reheat some from the tea pot. I watch a little TV - PBS can sometime bore me enough to fall back asleep. I go to bed rather early so I don't have to worry about getting enough hours of sleep.
I also try to walk outside every day for 30 minutes before 1:00pm to stimulate the pineal gland. It sets up a reaction thru our eyes that resets the body's clock so that we are tired and producting the right chemicals to sleep thru the night. That is what the sleep specialist told me and it seems to help. Another suggestions was to go home after work and spend 10 minutes clearing my mind. You could meditate but I simply lay down in a quiet room with the shade down, and unwind. Then right before bed, I inhale some lavender oil by breathing it in deeply three times in each nostril. Since implementing these changes, my sleep has improved. It isn't perfect but it is bettter quality esepcially the early morning hours after the initial "4 or 5 hr "nap" during the first part of the night.

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11/7/10 6:03 A

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i tried melatonin (3 mg) and it helped, but after several weeks it caused my left eyelid to droop and i stopped it. i now find exercising before dinner helps. a small glass of milk and a half tsp peanut butter helps. also keep a nite lite in the bathroom and keep lites dim before bed.

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10/28/10 10:30 P

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Thanks for the thoughtful post on the Melatonin discussion. No wonder why it works for some and not others. I'll check out that link. emoticon

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A melatonin supplement of up to 5mg will help you sleep better, IF what you lack is sufficient melatonin OR there is some other mechanism messing up your body's normal management of that brain chemical.

Melatonin WILL NOT help if your sleep problems are not related to melatonin issues.

The above is why some people swear by melatonin and others say it doesn't work. Each person's biochemistry is unique; although we share almost everything biochemical (we are, after all, "Homo sapiens" with a standard biochemistry), each person's personal chemistry differs from everyone else's in subtle (sometimes not subtle) manners.

If melatonin works for you, great! If not, stop taking it. It does not work for everyone in the same way.

Here's a link to the National Institute of Health (MedLine) on melatonin: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo
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. Hope it helps....

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PS I don't take melatonin because I take a sedative (Klonopin) for a REM sleep disorder (I move around a lot while I sleep). Taking melatonin and any sedative is DANGEROUS!

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I also tried Melatonin Extra. It's 3.0mg per capsule. I wake up with a metal taste in my mouth. I can't see a difference in my sleep though. Eating a banana eases me into sleep as well as Melatonin does but maybe that's because they both have melatonin in them. That's why it's hard for me to eat a banana in the AM. Anything else that I have tried, I end up having to be in bed 10+ hours to come out of those comas.

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10/3/10 12:27 A

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I have been taking Melatonin for about a month now and there are times i still do not get the right amount of sleep. I am on some days still having to take naps. Hopefully next week will be better since i am going to start eating differently or at least a little better.

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9/30/10 12:41 P

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Reply to LLDUNCAN00's post in February. Melatonin also improves the quality of sleep for me. I've had much better (but not perfect) sleep since I've been taking it regularly. Still, last week I had two bad nights. This week - every night a good one (so far, up thru Wed. night).

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5/12/10 12:56 P

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My doctor thinks I might have an allergic reaction to melatonin. I tried taking the supplements before bed, and was horribly dizzy, to the point where I could barely walk. She suggested I stopped taking them, and the dizziness when away completely a day or two later.

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I would find something better. You should be able to sleep through the night up to 8 hours.

See your doctor and they can give you something that is not habit forming and works better.

I don't think waking up in the middle of the night is good sleep.

How long before you go back sleep? You might be losing more sleep than you think you are.

I would check out the insomnia teams..They have some great info.

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It works for me - but once it wears off I am AWAKE. Whether that be 3am, 4am, whenever. However, I guess I should be thankful at least something works!

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I tried that is only work for little while then you get used to it.

I go to my doctor or naturalpath for something better.

Sleeping pills with other medicines doesn't work so well.

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I took Melatonin for several month a couple years ago, for me it did the exact opposite, like benadryl and nyquil it had me climbing the walls most nights.
Now, after doing some research on what melatoninn is and how our bodies make it during the hours of light, I'm wondering if I shouldn't take it in the morning instead of at night. It makes sense that if it is naturally created in the body in the light, maybe we should take it then too....Anyone else have experience taking it in the morning?

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2/20/10 11:21 P

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I find that melatonin improves the quality of my sleep. It will knock some of the edge off of wakefulness, but I can stay awake after taking it without too much effort. Due to its effects on the quality of my sleep, I take it every night even if I add an additional sleep aid.

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Thanks for the info. I didn't know about the gradual increase.


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ReadyBaby, I found this:
Melatonin dosage of 1 mg to 5 mg is considered to be safe and sufficient. It is recommended to start taking melatonin supplements at low dosage from 0.3 mg then gradually increase your dosage up to 5mg until you find the effective dose. Melatonin is available as Melatonin Tablets, Melatonin Sublingual Tablets and Liquid Melatonin.

Go here to learn more:
http://www.melatoninfaq.com/

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I did try melatonin for sleep but it did not help me much. I took it for a week. Do you think I didn't take it long enough.

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Ive been using it for a while now and yes it does work,for me at least!

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...Melatonin is known to improve and assure sleep; my neighbor uses it faithfully and swears by it. After giving me a book to read about it, she showed the supplement and invited me to try a few. I did and noticed definite improvement in only a few days. It works... emoticon

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